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CITES makes a statement to ICCAT about bluefin tuna, oceanic white tip & porbeagle sharks

November 20, 2010

The formal statement by John Scanlon, Secretary-General of CITES to the 17th Special Meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) is online now.

This is an important statement that can leave the ICCAT meeting in no doubt about what is at stake here.

Highlights include:

Many different intergovernmental agreements and many actors in both the public and private sectors are involved in the management of natural resources, including fish. The critical issue is the complementarity between different instruments and how well they work together to achieve common objectives, as is appropriate.

CITES Parties have been concerned about the conservation and sustainable use of commercially-exploited aquatic species for many years, and some of you will recall the discussions about the Atlantic bluefin tuna at our eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, in Kyoto, in 1992. Their concern has heightened in recent years and it seems very likely that such concerns will not abate in the years to come.

Whatever the precise figures, there seems to be general agreement that the stocks of [Atlantic bluefin tuna and the Oceanic white tip and porbeagle sharks]  have declined very considerably. The third FAO expert advisory panel for the assessment of proposals to amend Appendices I and II of CITES concerning commercially-exploited aquatic species, convened by FAO to review proposals for the March meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES in Doha, concluded that their decline had been sufficiently large to warrant inclusion in the CITES Appendices.

You can read the full statement, from the CITES website.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 21, 2010 6:40 am

    Love the new look. I am really pleased to be able to read the information you are providing. Many thanks.

  2. Jacinta Ray permalink
    November 23, 2010 4:08 pm

    When is the next update coming? Keen to hear how its going!

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